Organizations for Social Work Professionals

School of Social Work

Join a Professional Organization that Supports Social Workers, and Watch Your Career Flourish By joining a professional organization, you can expect to find a community of dedicated social workers who can support you as you develop your career. Learn from professionals who share your interests as you work towards common goals together. You can also take advantage of conferences for effective networking. Select an organization to learn more.

Available Associations, Councils, and Groups

  • AASWG is a not-for-profit organization of group workers and friends who work to promote group work as a viable form of social work practice. The organization has a program of advocacy and action for practice, education, research, and writing about social work with groups.

  • The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families. Created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology and by existing national cancer organizations, AOSW is an expanding force of psychosocial oncology professionals.

  • The Association of Social Work Boards assists social work regulatory bodies in carrying out their legislated mandates and encourages jurisdictional efforts to protect a diverse public served by social workers who are regulated through common values, ethics, and practice standards. The Association helps to foster public and professional understanding of the value, competency, and accountability of regulated social workers.

  • Catholic Social Workers National Association is a Professional Membership Association that was formed on the belief that professional associations should support not only your profession but also, your beliefs, values, and your faith. CSWNA has been established for social workers who are faithful to the teachings of the church and are looking for support and direction within their profession based upon church teachings. Catholic Social Workers National Association affirms and supports the teachings and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing over 3,000 individual members as well as 165 graduate and 470 undergraduate programs of professional social work education. CSWE was founded in 1952 and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the country.

    Among the many reasons that might lead you to select Barry are the School's perfect reaccreditation by CWSE of the BSW and MSW program (2008 - 2017). Nationally not more than 10% of all schools of social work are cited with no "concerns" or follow-up assignments upon accreditation review by the Council on Social Work Education.

  • NABSW has annual conferences and educational tours. Its publications are the Black Caucus Journal and the NABSW Newspaper. Through its various committees on social welfare, NABSW addresses individual, family, and community needs. The organization engages in social action, research, and other activities to promote improvement in the civil, legal, health, and socio-economic status of African Americans.

    The NABSW was founded in May 1968 in San Francisco. The organization was formed in response to issues related to providing human services in the Black community, educating social workers for effective service in the Black community, and providing opportunities for participation of Black social workers in the social welfare arena.

  • NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. NASW holds conferences throughout the nation and publishes several journals, books, etc. Members of NASW receive the monthly newspaper and the Journal of Social Work as well as reduced rates for conference attendance. The national headquarters of NASW is located in Washington, DC.

    The Florida Chapter of NASW is dedicated to promoting the quality and effectiveness of social work practice in the state of Florida. Like NASW, the Florida Chapter offers many membership benefits. The student membership fee is reduced.


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